The Far Time Incident

The Far Time Incident

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by Neve Maslakovic, Mary Robinette Kowal

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Thanks to the time travel lab at St. Sunniva University, history is no longer a mystery. But when the beloved co-inventor of the university’s time machine is inexplicably smeared across time, academic exploration and the future of St. Sunniva is thrown into doubt.

As assistant to the dean of science, Julia Olsen is tasked with helping Campus Security Chief

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Thanks to the time travel lab at St. Sunniva University, history is no longer a mystery. But when the beloved co-inventor of the university’s time machine is inexplicably smeared across time, academic exploration and the future of St. Sunniva is thrown into doubt.

As assistant to the dean of science, Julia Olsen is tasked with helping Campus Security Chief Nate Kirkland quietly examine this rare mishap…then, just as quietly, make it go away. But when the investigation indicates that the professor’s disappearance may have been a murder, those inspecting the incident unwittingly find themselves caught in a deadly cover-up — one in which history itself is the weapon.

From the snow-blanketed walkways of St. Sunniva’s campus to the sun-bleached cobblestone of ancient Pompeii’s roads, The Far Time Incident is a lively romp through history, science, and the academic world in the wake of a crime.

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Neve Maslakovic is the author of the highly praised debut novel, Regarding Ducks and Universes, which was published in February 2011 by AmazonEncore. Before she became a published fiction writer, Maslakovic was hard at work finishing her PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University’s STAR Lab (Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory). Born in communist Yugoslavia, she has called London, New York, and California her home. Currently living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with her husband and son, The Far-Time Incident is Neve Maslakovic’s eagerly anticipated second novel and the first book in a new series of time-travel adventures.

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The Far-Time Incident 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
Although I haven’t read many of them, I really enjoy time traveling books. So I was happy when I found another one to add to my list, and this one is a trilogy. Even better! The book began with lots of drama, a professor had taken a run in the time travel machine, and is thought to have been spread out through time and space. But then the story drags for awhile. If Maslakovic wouldn’t have been so detailed on how Julie does everyday things (putting on clothes to get ready for her walk, finding things in her office, etc…) the book may have been a lot shorter, but the story would have felt to me, more put together. But she is just as detailed when they travel to Pompeii, and here it works. Perhaps it’s because I was learning about a part of history that I know nothing about. And not reading about things that I do in everyday life. The other part that I found interesting, but others may find boring, is all the time she spent on the academic world and all that it entails to get tenure. Here, once again, if she had taken a lot of that out, this book would have been more of a novella. But authors write what they know. If Maslakovic continues this pattern in the next two books though, that will be too much. We’ve already learned about it in the first book, so there’s no need to read it again. They mystery part of the book (was it an accident or did someone fiddle with the time travel machine?) was well written, and the conclusion at the end was realistic and satisfying. There was also a touch of romance between Julie and Chief Kirkland. They were just at the beginnings of it in this book, so it will be interesting to see where it leads. I will be reading the next one in the series, The Runestone Incident, to see if the author’s writing style has grown. And I did enjoy the story, once I got past the minutia. Some other time travel books that I have enjoyed are: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary Book 1) by Jodi Taylor The Eyre Affair (The Thursday Next Series) by Jasper Fforde The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger *I was given an Advanced Reader’s Copy by the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I was not given any money or material incentives for an honest review of this book.
NJBiblio More than 1 year ago
The Far Time Incident is one of those books that does an excellent job of melding together several different genres and helping to take readers out of their "comfort zones" without them even realizing it. Maslakovic has really outdone herself blending history, science fiction, adventure and mystery into one compelling novel that I had a lot of trouble putting down and was very sad to see end. The Far Time Incident is set in a time contemporary to ours, but one in which Time Travel Engineering (TTE) exists and has been used many times by scientists and scholars to observe key events of our past. Most times these researchers are only able to observe, photograph, or record these events. Maslakovic has introduced the concept of History as an omnipotent force that will block modern researchers from interfering with its course, or even being seen by those in the past if their actions or appearance would somehow cause a disturbance. There is also the concept of a "dead zone" in history, one where History will drop the researchers into a place where a disaster is imminent in an attempt to keep everything in balance. It is one of these "dead zones" -- Pompeii on the eve of Vesuvius' eruption -- that the bulk of The Far Time Incident takes place. After scientist Xavier Mooney is apparently murdered by being scattered across time, Julia Olsen, the Assistant to the dean of science, and Nate Kirkland, chief of campus security, begin to investigate. To fully understand possible motives and effects, Kirkland suggests that they take a short trip back in time to test the equipment and understand its function. A small team of Olsen, Kirkland, two graduate students, and another professor are assembled and attempt to travel back to New York in 1964. They find themselves instead in Pompeii in 79 AD where they immediately begin to feel earthquakes, the precursors to an eruption. Faced with the possibility of being in a dead zone with no idea how to get home or who placed them there sets the stage for this historical adventure/mystery. Interspersed with fantastic accounts of Pompeii, Maslakovic weaves a tale with a pair of mysteries -- first the team's investigation of the murder of Professor Mooney and their own entrapment in the past, as well as a local Pompeiian mystery that Kirkland takes it upon himself to solve. Racing against time (literally and figuratively in this case) Maslakovic also brings a fine tension and sense of suspense into this adventure as well. The characters and their reactions are very believable and Maslakovic stays true to her tenet that the past cannot be changed, keeping this concept believable and adding to the suspense as the team attempts to work within these constraints. The Far Time Incident is a first person narrative told from the point of view of Julia Olsen. As an administrative assistant to the dean of science at St. Sunniva University, she has as great deal of exposure to the science and scientists, but little working knowledge. This helps the story as it stays away from the highly technical side of things one might expect from a harder science fiction story, but at the same time is able to incorporate that science in a way that most readers will find easy to understand. The human element of the story is definitely helped in this way as well as we get to see Julia's struggles with having her neat and orderly life turned upside down in an instant. I highly recommend The Far Time Incident to any fan of science fiction, adventure/suspense, and mystery novels. This is slated to be the first in a series of time travel adventures, one that hopefully will continue in this same vein! Five out of five stars.